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February 2019

Welcome to the February 2019 edition of the Around Town e-Newsletter from the City of Birmingham. We hope you enjoy this e-newsletter and forward it to friends or family who may be interested in the City of Birmingham!
Inside City Hall with Birmingham City Manager, Joe Valentine

Inside City Hall February 2019
Inside City Hall February 2019

It's Time to Pick Your Park Passion
Calling all park visionaries! The Parks and Recreation Board and the City of Birmingham invite you to come out and join us at the February 5, 2019 Parks and Recreation Board Meeting to voice your top picks for potential park projects. The meeting will be held at the Department of Public Services (851 S. Eton) at 6:30 p.m.
The new Parks and Recreation Master Plan (2018-2022) identified 10 categories of Capital Improvement projects based on input from City-wide stakeholders. We heard from you during our Parks and Recreation Master Plan process completed last year. Now it's time to reaffirm what you told us so we can get moving!
If you are unable to attend, you can still give us your top picks by completing a short poll at Thank you for submitting your valuable feedback!

Register Now for W omen's Awareness & Self Defense Workshop

Birmingham residents are invited to attend an interactive Women's Awareness and Self Defense Workshop. These popular workshops are filling up fast! There are limited seats remaining in the February 27th and March 1st workshops. To learn more and register, contact Gwynn Duffey at
Birmingham gets second nod as one of the state's safest cities

Birmingham continues to be recognized as one of the safest cities in Michigan., the official website of the National Council for Home Safety and Security, has listed the City 11 th amongst its top 25 safest cities statewide in 2019. The company reviewed the most recent (2017) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Uniform Crime Report to determine its safest cities list. Birmingham was recently listed as the 12 th safest city for 2018 by Safewise, a consumer oriented home security website known for its safe cities rankings. Safewise used data from the 2016 FBI report.  

"This recognition is the result of the efforts of our officers, engaged community members and the numerous collaborative crime fighting tools that we use," said Birmingham Police Chief, Mark Clemence.

You can learn more about the mission and services of the Birmingham Police Department at
Seconds, Anyone? Still Time to Enjoy Restaurant Week

Birmingham's favorite dining event is HERE! There's still time to take advantage of  Birmingham Restaurant Week in February, with discounted menus available on Friday, February 1st and Monday, February 4th through Friday, February 8th. Take advantage of specially created menus from Birmingham's top chefs. Enjoy three-course lunches for $18 and three-course dinners for $36. Visit for event menus. Bon App├ętit!
Fire department adds to Advance Life Support (ALS) service options

T he Birmingham Fire Department has added to its Advance Life Support (ALS) service  capabilities.

Prior to the start of 2019, Engine 2 was upgraded and will have life-saving medical equipment,  similar to what an ALS ambulance has. This equipment includes a LifePak 15  monitor/defibrillator, ALS cardiac drugs, oxygen and much more. In the event the City's  ambulance is on another run or otherwise engaged, Engine 2 will be available to provide ALS  care.

In the future, the goal of the Birmingham Fire Department is to have staffing for a second
ambulance which will be stationed at Birmingham Fire Station No. 2 at all times. The
Birmingham Fire Department continues to look at using the latest technology and procedures to
keep the public safe.

For more information on the programs and services of the Birmingham Fire Department, please visit
Sponsors sought for the Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade and After Party on May 19, 2019 in downtown 

The Celebrate Birmingham Hometown Parade and After Party needs you!
Whether you own a business, are part of a civic group or are an individual, the 2019 parade is an excellent opportunity to showcase your community presence while being an integral part of one of the city's signature events.
"Our sponsorship packages range from the extensive to the affordable," said City of Birmingham City Clerk, Cherilynn Mynsberge. "We invite the community to consider being part of this family friendly event in downtown Birmingham, by being a sponsor."
The 2019 parade will recognize volunteers, a critical element in the operation of the City, the state and nation. "This is our way of saying thank you to those who volunteer their time, talent and energy for the betterment of all," Mynsberge said.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact the City Clerk's office at (248) 530-1880 or send an email to
Track your water usage and get threshold alerts when you sign up for AquaHawk

AquaHawk is:
  • A free online portal for City of Birmingham registered customers to help you keep track of your water usage
What AquaHawk does:
  • Keep you informed as a City water consumer;
  • Send you alerts when your user defined settings or projected bill amount are being exceeded. 
Whether you're a tech type or not, AquaHawk is easy to access
And, it's even easier to create an account. Simply set it up and walk away. You pick the method on how you want to be contacted-email, phone call, text message or letter. It's that simple.
To subscribe, residents are advised to look for the AquaHawk signup information on their upcoming water bills, or go to to register.
Understanding the Snow Ordinance

Take measures to ensure you don't find yourself in violation of the ordinance regarding snow removal and snow parking bans. Here are the two most important requirements:
1) You are required to clear snow and ice on sidewalks that abut your property. If the snow stops falling during the day, your sidewalks must be cleared by no more than 12 hours later. If the snow stops falling during the night, all sidewalks must be cleared by 6 p.m. the following day. Sidewalks that are not cleared of snow and ice will be shoveled by the city and the property owner will be fined.
2) When a Snow Emergency is declared, residents must remove their cars from city streets so the snow plows can get through. Cars in violation of this ordinance will be ticketed.
View more information about  snow removal on the  city's web site .
February News from the Birmingham Museum  

Get ready for the next series of talks cosponsored by the Museum and the Baldwin Public Library! Our spring lecture series "Birmingham: What Was and What is" is kicking off on March 14 with a talk at the Baldwin Library titled "Jacobsons: THE Birmingham Department Store" given by author Bruce Kopytek. April's talk will also be held at the library on April 11 at 7 p.m. and is titled "Birmingham's Neighborhoods and Their Stories". May's talk, "Downtown, Then and Now" is scheduled for May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Baldwin Public Library. The talks are free, but registration on the library's website is encouraged to ensure that we have enough chairs.

The Birmingham Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and is located at  556 W. Maple Rd . Parking is available in the Chester St. structure on the south side of Maple. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors, children five and under are free. 

Please visit us on the web at or
February News from the Baldwin Library    
Saturday, February 9, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Registration required.
Explore Franz Schubert's Quartet No. 13 in A minor and Felix Mendelssohn's Quartet  Op 44. no 1. Learn more about their lives and place in musical history during the  transition from the Classical to Romantic Periods.
Friday, February 22, at 2:00 p.m. Registration required.
Ages 5 and up. Join Dr. Nitro for an educational and delicious experience. You might  just end up with dragon's breath.
Saturday, February 23, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Registration required.
Make your favorite feline a custom cardboard residence to relax in. Kids with a loving
adult and teens are welcome to join.
The Baldwin Public Library is located at 300 W. Merrill Street. For more information visit  or call (248) 647-1700.  
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